Health Insurer Missing Hard Drives Holding 950K Enrollees’ Data
The company says it does not believe the information is being used improperly, but as the latest in a series of data losses in the industry it's another blow to consumer confidence in health IT security.
The San Francisco Business Times:
Hard Drives Holding Health Data Missing At Medical Insurer
The latest in a series of huge data losses in the health care realm — health insurer Centene's loss of six hard drives containing personal information on 950,000 enrollees — raises more questions about the security of health data that consumers entrust to insurance companies, hospital systems, Medicare, Medicaid and other big players. Centene is based in St. Louis and in the midst of wrapping up a $6.8 billion acquisition of Woodland Hills-based Health Net Inc., which has about 2.9 million California enrollees. (Rauber, 1/26)